CAMARILLO, CA, March 19, 2019 – Sacks Parente Golf Company, builders of exceptional putters that defy convention, announces that Angelo Papadourakis has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution. In his new role, Papadourakis will develop and manage all sales and distribution operations for Sacks Parente.

Papadourakis is a Founder of tech start-up New Spin Golf, the creators of the Swing Smart Swing Analyzer, which was developed to provide instantaneous, accurate, and important swing feedback to allow a golfer to learn about all aspects of their golf game. He has brought his golf industry and technology experience to the Sacks Parente Golf Company where he is building out the sales staff and distributor partners worldwide. He is also working with his team to establish Sacks Parente as the top premium performance putter on the PGA Tour and all other tours worldwide.

A former attorney, Papadourakis specialized in litigation and criminal defense and later transitioned from practicing law to trading stock index futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) where he designed algorithmic arbitrage trading systems for Nikkei 225 futures. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University.

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Sacks Parente Series 39 Blade at the 2019 PGA Show Demo Day

“I’m thrilled to join the Sacks Parente team,” said Papadourakis. “I was first introduced to the putters by co-founder, Steve Sacks, and was instantly impressed. I’m a passionate golfer who appreciates technology and I believe Sacks Parente is leading the way in design, craftsmanship, and technological advancements. The pure technology that these putters represent is bringing performance to a level that is unmatched in the industry.”

“Angelo’s leadership skills, knowledge of the golf industry, and reputation for developing and maintaining outstanding client relationships make him an incredibly valuable asset to our team,” said Tim Triplett, CEO of Sacks Parente Golf. “We could not be more excited to bring him on board as we continue to expand to meet the needs of our growing business.”

All Sacks Parente putter designs feature the company’s patented Ultra-Low Balance Point (ULBP) technology that lowers the balance point along the shaft between the sole and a point not more than 5 inches above the sole, causing the putter head to square and release at impact, delivering exceptional rollout and accuracy. In addition, all Sacks Parente putters maximize MOI by combining the use of ultra-lightweight alloys and high-density tungsten, to significantly move more weight from the center of the putter to the heel and toe. The company has numerous patents and patents pending in regard to the science associated with these exceptional putters, which are available in both Player and Tour Models.

For more information, visit www.sacksparente.com.

 

 

About Sacks Parente Golf

 

Sacks Parente Golf Company was founded by Steve Sacks and Richard Parente, a legendary duo of golf professionals, who as entrepreneurs have founded, built and grown some of the best names in golf. They have advised, consulted and designed clubs for the who’s who of the industry over a combined 100+years. Sacks Parente Golf is based in Camarillo, California, in a facility that has been constructed with state-of-the-art robotics and analytic instruments to test and prove the science. The company is backed by sophisticated and strategic investors from the USA and Japan. Sacks Parente Golf is an NXV company.

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Nature and the environment. It goes without saying that if it weren’t for Mother Nature… golf architects wouldn’t have the “blank canvas” needed to paint their masterpieces. For that and many other reasons it’s why we (not just golfers) need to take better care of her.

It’s been well-documented. The after-effects of plastics after entering valuable natural resources is as maddening as it is shocking. Dolphins, Sea Turtles and hundreds maybe thousands of species whether they’re aquatic or live on land is of no consequence. Because they’re all affected by it. Well one golf company has seen enough.

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Lynx Golf a golf equipment manufacturer from the United Kingdom is doing their part to decrease their plastic footprint on the world.  As of August 1st the company ceased the use of SUP’s (Single Use Plastics). From plastic wrap, to bubble wrap and even the plastic parcel tape to seal boxes it’s all been removed opting for more environmentally friendly methods.

Also, in an effort to further help the environment Lynx Golf is also sending out packets of bee-friendly seeds to all of their customers who buy boxed products from Lynx. This includes golf bags, drivers, irons etc. For those that are unaware the honey bee population is on a massive decline worldwide. The reason for this is everything from insecticides to habitat loss and even parasites. Without the pollination that honey bees provide the world would see it’s agricultural produce would be reduced to near-catastrophic levels.

Lynx Golf I applaud you. For more details please see the full release as shared below.

 

“It’s not just about golf: it’s about the planet we play it on.”

 

A BRITISH golf equipment company will become the first in the world to rid itself of Single-Use Plastics (SUPs) with a 1st August deadline to complete major changes to its supply chain.

Lynx Golf, based in Weybridge, Surrey, is a global sports manufacturing company, exporting its golf clubs, bags and other products all around the world, including the USA.

Owned by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Steve Elford and Stephanie Zinser, Lynx Golf has committed to spending over £30,000 this year on alternatives for SUPs and to increase plastics recycling resources in its business, which employs just over 20 people.

Their aim is to be fully rid of SUPs by August 1st, with Stephanie Zinser, CFO, pledging: “Among our staff, we have over 42 children and a few grandchildren. We want them to have a world in which they can live safely, healthily and happily.

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“There is no doubt that Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Blue Planet’ TV series really made the world sit up and think long and hard about our use of plastics and the damage they are having on the environment.

“The golf equipment business is not unique. Although its use of single-use plastics might not be as obvious as in other industries, there are SUPs all along the supply chain. At Lynx Golf we are determined to remove them.”

Lynx Golf has made several key changes to reduce its impact on the environment.

  • Polyethylene (PE) plastic, used to wrap and protect its golf bags before they are packed in boxes, is being abandoned altogether or being replaced with paper. Longer-term, the company is investing in reusable and useful cotton drawstring bag covers on their golf bags.
  • PE bubble plastic – used to pad out golf bag pockets so they keep their shape on display as well as bubble wrap packaging to protect shipping – is also being replaced with recycled paper wadding.
  • Plastic parcel tape – used on cartons and boxes when importing equipment to the UK, then distributing it to retailers – is being phased out in favour of reinforced gummed paper tape.
  • Plastic shrink wrapping, currently used on every golf club head component, will be removed altogether.

Added Stephanie Zinser: “Lynx Golf will be the first global sports equipment manufacturing company to rid itself of SUPs, but that is not without its challenges.

“For example, when trying to replace the cellophane shrink-wrap we use on our golf club heads to protect them, we had sourced a Viskring/Celon alternative which is made purely from cellulose and which is quickly and completely biodegradable into harmless elements.

“However, in its current form it’s not quite there. We will keep working on the best alternatives, but we’d rather have nothing than something that is either not really biodegradable, or that is, but doesn’t quite look good enough.

“We are therefore using other – greener – methods to hold the golf club heads in place during transit and shipping and this comes at additional cost to the business.”

Where SUPs simply cannot currently be avoided – mainly due to product protection during shipping or deliveries of supplies from companies who don’t have an ethical plastics policy in place – Lynx is actively working on careful recycling and disposal plans, although this is also challenging.

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Most industrial recyclers the company has spoken to will only accept a minimum weight of 1-tonne. This means Lynx is investing in special recycling bins and a baler, so it can store its waste plastics ready for recycling.

And while plastics can be recycled into many things, Lynx has been trying to find a recycler that can utilise its waste into something that will not end up polluting the environment.

Added Stephanie Zinser: “We felt that fuel pellets, while worthy on one level, also produce pollutants, and that is why we hope to be able to work with a company who uses waste plastics to produce plastic lumber, which is both useful and inertly non-polluting of the environment.

“Plastic, and it is a very important point to understand, will continue to be used and is a fundamental part of everyone’s lifestyle. Multi-use plastics are not going to go away, at least not for a very long time into the future. But what we can and need to get rid of NOW are the single-use plastic products used for packaging and delivery of products to consumers. These are really clogging up the blood vessels of the earth – our oceans, seas and rivers.

“We have also investigated several products that claim to be ‘biodegradable’, but these are also made from petroleum-based products, as per normal plastic. And in order to degrade they use chemical additives in their formulation which require heat, light and oxygen – which they simply do not get when buried deep in landfill.

“Similarly, when they do degrade they often only break down into micro-plastics and shreds and also contaminate our environment with harmful by-products. Even then, this process can take a very long time, assuming it even does work.

“The term ‘biodegradable’ can be a bit of a greenwash, as it’s not as simple as you’d think it was when you start digging into the subject. The only truly biodegradable plastic alternatives are bioplastics which are made entirely from plant-based materials, but their permeation into the wider packaging market has a long way to go still.

“So, there are challenges all the time, but we are determined to overcome them.”

REASONS TO BEE CONCERNED

Not content with ridding the company and its products of SUPs, Lynx Golf are tackling another urgent ecological challenge: the decimation of the natural bee population due to loss of natural habitats, pesticide use and parasitic infection.

This small creature has such a massive impact on nature as 70 of the 100-crop species that provide 90% of food worldwide are pollinated by bees (Source: DEFRA, Bees’ Needs: Food and a home, 8 July 2016).

In 2013, pesticide manufacturer Syngenta described bee health decline as among the biggest challenges facing agriculture (Source: House of Commons Debate Pack, 2017/0226) and the National Pollinator Strategy was set up to expand the public’s dedication to increasing food, shelter and nest sites across all types of land.

Said Stephanie Zinser: “Some have stated that the human population would starve within four years if bees were extinct – certainly, we do know that we would lose many of our fruits and vegetables and that supermarket offerings would be slashed by at least 50% without bees. Almonds, which rely entirely on bees for pollination, would cease to be a viable crop; the many knock-on effects would be invasive and more massive than you might at first think.

“We believe that everyone can help, and this is why we are also sending out packets of bee-friendly seeds to all our customers who buy boxed products from Lynx – golf bags, irons etc – so they can be part of the challenge to see just how much of an impact we golfers can make in halting the decline of these fuzzy winged ‘farmers’ who do such an important job in agriculture.

“Our eco-friendly strategies are all about bringing like-minded people along with us on this journey, and we very much hope that our actions by going SUP-Free will encourage everyone who knows us, partners with us, and plays with us, to come along and join in the adventure.

For more information visit www.lynxgolf.co.uk/, or follow @LynxGolfUK on Twitter.

Until The Next Tee!!

#FightAndGrind #SeeUOnTheNextTee

Alright, I admit that this isn’t really a new thought or feeling for me. I’ve been down this road before and quite frankly… it’s a feeling that’s starting to feel really played out. I got back to playing golf and it felt so good. But unlike my other health-related hiatuses from playing this great game it feels different this time around. Not to sound like a broken record and I apologize if I do.

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Saturday December 15th. Back on a golf course.

The reality is that I wasn’t too sure how long it would be after my Stroke that I’d be able to swing a golf club again. I knew that ultimately I would be able to swing a club again or for that matter be on a golf course again. But you never know how you’re going to be following any sort of health-issue. It can be as simple as a torn ligament, a high-ankle sprain or something far more serious like a heart attack or recovery from cancer. The latter reminds me of a woman that was my favorite golf partner ever. She was also the funnest lesson I ever had instructed. Her name was Joan (my coach’s wife) and she underwent a record amount of chemotherapy treatments. The number was well north of 200. Nothing stopped her from playing golf… there she’d be hitting balls at the dome or playing on the course with the “bottle” strapped to her side. I miss her. Anyways, my point being we just don’t know how we’re going to rebound following health problems.

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First a Stroke and then for good measure a Diabetic Foot Ulcer. Practicing while wearing an off-loader.

Like I said in the opening. This time feels different. There seems to be a real sense of… I don’t know… achievement. From learning how to use my left side again. Learning how to walk, use my left arm and the different stages to the point where I was told that I was allowed to try golf activity again by my physiotherapist. Dayna was right… even going into the backyard and hitting into a net was both therapeutic and felt amazing!!

Progressing through 1/4 and 1/2 swings and finally into full swings I noticed that something felt different in my swing too. I don’t know if it’s the weakness in my dominant side (my left) but I’ve noticed different sensations throughout my swing now when compared to prior to the Stroke. My takeaway, transition, tempo and release in particular feel very different. Basically, my entire swing. It’s become very relaxed and feels technically sound. I honestly don’t know what it is or the cause.

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Intending to get to a driving range to see real ballflight in order to wrap up testing of the Tour Edge Exotics EXS hybrid (review here) the notion never quite materialized. Instead, this past Saturday I opted to go to a nearby golf course to hit a few balls for the same purpose. Armed with only the hybrid and a New Level Golf 1031 Forged PW I stumbled onto the golf course. What was supposed to be maybe 10-15 hits from various lies to get an idea of what the club was like from a feel, distance and flight perspective turned into 11 holes of golf. It felt so good to be out there that I simply cannot express into words. Oh and for some reason… it (my swing) was clicking. Even a holed out chip for Birdie on a Par 5 happened.

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One of the several approach shots I struck that were tight. PW from 132 yards.

If I can figure out the tonic that caused this sudden change in my golf swing that has seemingly yielded great results. Look for a New York Times best-selling golf instruction book. LOL.. of course I say that in jest. Never give up and always fight the good fight. #FightAndGrind.

Damn it feels great to be getting back to golf.

Until The Next Tee!!